The Detroit Red Wings continued on with their drafting on day two of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. While they did not wind up with any of the three players detailed in our “3 players to watch out for” piece, they did put together a nice class with some maneuvering.
The day started with Steve Yzerman doing Steve Yzerman-like things and trading picks. He shipped the Detroit Red Wings pick at 38 to the Vegas Goldenknights along with the Red Wings pick at no.128 in exchange for the 36th overall selection.
This is where day two started and the organization grabbed Shai Buium. The 6-foot-3, 214-pound defenseman is another one to add to the stables after the team opted to go with Simon Edvinsson at sixth overall. It kicked things off and helped Yzerman piece together yet another strong draft class.
Day two brought some interesting picks including the selection of two players with quite a close connection, or one that will be established sooner than later.
The Detroit Red Wings selected two soon-to-be roommates.
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Buium hails from the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL where he has spent each of the past two seasons. He also spent time with Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school.
In 2020-21, Buium logged 26 points over 50 games with the Musketeers in the USHL while also scoring 13 points in 17 games with Shattuck St. Mary’s. He’s thought of as an offensive defenseman who can be smart with the puck in the offensive zone.
He’s known for his deceptiveness while controlling the puck being able to stave off defenders with looks, cuts, and fakes.
He’s smart and often finds the open man to help create offense. He’s not afraid to let it rip too finding the back of the net from time to time.
It’s a solid pick by the Red Wings who will let him continue to develop at the collegiate level which should only bode well for his stock as a prospect. Buium will depart for the collegiate level this fall though. Interestingly enough, Buium will be headed to Denver University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, a powerhouse of college hockey.
The interesting part comes in when the team selected Carter Mazur with the 70th overall pick. Buium and Mazur will actually be roommates. Mazur is a 6-foot, 168-pound left-winger who has the tools to be a scoring asset if he continues to develop well while with Denver.
In 2020-21, Mazur was the captain of the Tri-City Storm in the USHL where he played in 47 games where he scored 20 goals and added 24 assists 44 total points. Given that he was the captain of the Tri-City Storm, it’s good to know that he displayed leadership qualities at an early age, hopefully, this can continue in the coming years.
Buium and Mazur will be living together while they play out their collegiate time with the Denver before they make the jump into the Red Wings organization. The decision to select these two players may not have been entirely planned, but it’s a great choice by Yzerman.
These two players are going to be playing high-level collegiate hockey with a solid program and be able to go through those years together. Then carry that bond into the Red Wings organization and hopefully be able to keep the on-ice product trending up and make their way to Hockeytown sooner or later.
Taking Buium and Mazur was a great choice by the Detroit Red Wings organization on day two of the draft.